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Ipswich’s environmental champions receive financial boost

A cod recovery project and wildlife rehabilitation program are among community activities to benefit under Round 1 of council’s Enviroplan Levy Community Funding 2022-2023 program.

The Enviroplan program supports vital conservation efforts for protecting regionally significant natural corridors and habitat for rare and threatened species.

Environment and Sustainability Committee Chairperson Councillor Russell Milligan said the grants are awarded to groups in Ipswich working to conserve and protect the environment.

“This funding helps groups undertake a range of projects to protect our region’s park, reserves, bushland and wildlife for the benefit of the whole community,” Cr Milligan said.

“Sustainability is extremely important for our region and any work done in this space to protect and enhance our flora and fauna, improve knowledge and make positive changes should be supported.

“There are so many ways Ipswich residents are taking action to protect our native habitats and keeping Ipswich liveable, and it has been great to acknowledge our city’s dedicated environmental champions.

“Ipswich does not have a national park, but we do have 6,700 hectares of conservation estates which are home to hundreds of different wildlife species and plants which need protection.

“Congratulations to the successful applicants for this round and I encourage other local groups to consider applying for future rounds of funding to help improve our environment.”

Enviroplan Levy Community Funding 2022-2023 Round 1 recipients:

  • Elizabeth Christensen, Safe Release Program – $1,000
  • Michele MacDonald, Wildlife Rehabilitation Ipswich – $539
  • Orphan and Native Animal Release Association, Wildlife For All – $1910.90
  • Randy Le Bherz, Safe Haven – $980
  • Somerset & Wivenhoe Fish Stocking Association, Brisbane River Cod Recovery Project – $2,000

Round 2 of the Enviroplan Levy Community Funding Program is now open and closes 30 November.

For more information about council’s Community Projects and Events Funding Program visit

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